If you grew up between Iran and Syria, as I did, you would have lived underneath the iron rule of dictators such as Bashar Assad, Ayatollah Khamenei, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. In addition to the fear and oppression they maintained over their people, all of these rulers appeared to have another “tradition” in common. They are all deny the Holocaust.
It was common to hear from whoever worked for the Iranian regime that the Holocaust did not exist. Despite the mountain of clear facts before them, they chose, and continue to choose, not only to believe that the Holocaust was a fabrication, but to spread this belief to their people.
“The Holocaust is a fictional story made up by Israelis, Americans and Jews,” you would have overheard, as I did, a member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) say to his colleagues. The group stood next to its patrol car while rigidly monitoring people’s behavior and clothes on the street. The words, even then, created a shock. How could anyone deny such atrocities?
These notions are pressed on children from a very young age — presumably with the intention of brainwashing them into agreeing. Instead, however, over the years, the question became more insistent. Why was it totally acceptable to deny one of the worst humanitarian tragedies in the modern era, and not question Sharia? The Holocaust involved some of the most sickening crimes against humanity, all of which were committed less than a century ago. There is ample unquestionable historic evidence to prove that it occurred. Still, the leaders of Iran and Syria, as well as many Islamist imams, continue to encourage people to deny it. At the same time, it is forbidden even to question Islamic laws, some of which were created more 1400 years ago.
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